18.60 svabhāva-jena kaunteya (Original)

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Chapter 18

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svabhāva-jena kaunteya
nibaddhaḥ svena karmaṇā
kartuṁ necchasi yan mohāt
kariṣyasy avaśo ’pi tat

‘Bound (as thou art) Kaunteya! by thy own
nature-born act, despite, in thy folly, not wishing to do the act, thou wilt yet do it even against thy will.’

Nature-born act: It is the ‘natural tendency of the Kshatriya to be heroically predisposed. In case, thou desirest not fight, out of some misnotion, this heroic nature of thine shall however exercise such power over thee, as to compel thee to plunge into fight even against thy own will; when thou wilt find thou art unable to withstand the sting of vituperation by others.

Moha = misnotion = ignorance.

Indeed, the totality of creatures are ordered forth by Me, the Lord of all, to follow the ways of matter, in the manner determined by past Karma:

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